'Genetic Scissors' of CRISPR in the Spotlight

A recent news story about CRISPR gene editing featured Professor Dan Voytas and UMN-launched startup Calyxt.

Calyxt enjoyed a milestone in 2020, when high-oleic soybeans became the company's first commercially available gene-edited product in the United States. Farmers planted 72,000 acres to the high-oleic soybeans this year, double the acres planted in 2019.

Calyxt has a number of other projects in the works, too. They include better-yielding hemp, cold-tolerant oats, pulses with improved protein profiles and flavor, and alfalfa with enhanced traits including improved digestibility in livestock fed the alfalfa.

Read the full story in Inforum.